Barbara Sansone

Barbara Sansone, founder/CEO, has been traveling the globe for over 40 years. She began her professional life as an educator for special needs children. Her love of photography beckoned her to become an editorial magazine photographer; which transitioned into marketing and public relations for arts, culture and non-profit organizations.

In 1997 these experiences synthesized when she founded the travel company Spirit of India. From an intense specialization in India, which holds a very special place in her heart, Barbara expanded her focus to other countries with fascinating cultures and ancient civilizations. The addition of Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe to her portfolio of trips has helped grow this unique cultural tour company into Original World.

Barbara’s goal has always been to offer very authentic and personal travel experiences that would foster learning and understanding between people of different cultures. Talk to her in person and you’ll truly understand her depth of knowledge and passion for the destinations of Original World.

Newsletter Editor

Cory C. Walker

Corey C. Walker, digital solutions and email specialist, has been in the marketing field for over 20 years. Corey has been working with Original World since 2011, bringing you our monthly email newsletters.


Customer Service

Shelby Borenstadt

Shelby Borenstadt, born and raised in Walnut Creek, California,  played professional soccer for three years with the Miami Pride team. She comes to Original World with several years experience working in customer relations in the healthcare field and looks forward to learning about the travel industry. Shelby has done a bit of traveling including all over Europe, the Philippines, Australia and West Africa. We are excited to have her join the team!


Director of social media

MaryAda DeFelice

MaryAda DeFelice earned a degree in Public Communication from University of Vermont. She has developed a love of connecting local businesses to the community through social media and event planning. MaryAda is our director of social media and handles our posts, ads and invitations on Facebook, Twitter and Google Circles.